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Police, African-Americans, legislators must find common ground

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — On a recent Thursday, three African-American members of the N.C. General Assembly held a press conference to draw attention to recent shootings of black men by police. They talked in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Philando Castile near St. Paul, Minn., and…

Why the Declaration of Independence endures

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Chances are, you heard at least a passing word of praise for the Declaration of Independence as you celebrated the Fourth of July. But why, exactly, does it endure? If the Declaration had simply announced the independence of certain disaffected British colonials, it would be long…

Candidates go their own way

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — When North Carolina Democrats Jim Hunt and Rufus Edmisten were running their races for U.S. Senate and governor in 1984, they kept as far away as they could from the Democratic nominee for president, Walter Mondale. Hunt and Edmisten co-chaired the state’s delegation to…

Clinton needs Biden. So do we.

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist For her sake, and for ours, I hope Hillary Clinton asks Joe Biden to run for a third vice presidential term this fall. There are several important reasons; the most important one is at the end of this column. She needs help in dampening the appeal…

North Carolina is no exception

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Although North Carolina encompasses many islands, our state is certainly not an island when it comes to economic growth and social development. We are part of a region, the Southeastern United States, that has been growing and developing for many decades. I know this is hardly…

State should settle quickly with eugenics victims

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Between 1929 and 1974, the state of North Carolina sterilized around 7,600 people whom it deemed unfit for parenting. Other states had similar eugenics programs, but most discontinued them after World War II because it so resembled Nazi Germany’s push to create a pure master race. Not so in North…

Moving city elections to even years

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Rep. Paul Stam is pushing a bill that would move North Carolina’s municipal elections from odd-numbered to even years. Easy for him — the powerful Apex Republican leader isn’t seeking re-election this year. He can watch the chaos from the comfort of retirement. As a state League of Municipalities leader…

Feel-good foreign policy toward North Korea won’t help

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Dealing with North Korea brings to mind Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. Whatever the U.S. does, Kim Jong-un again will fire missiles, test nukes, and threaten to lay waste…

Tracing the Islamic State’s ‘allure’

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JOHN MUELLER Guest Columnist In a prominent article about Islamic State in the Washington Post last weekend, Carol Morell and Jody Warrick suggest that, by massacring people in various locales, the group was growing in appeal — or “allure” in the words of the headline writer. How this remarkable process…

Rules for homecare workers upheld, time for NC to get on board

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CAROL BROOKE Guest Columnist If there were a contest to identify the most neglected group of workers in modern North Carolina, the folks commonly referred to as homecare workers would be top contenders. Homecare workers – including certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, and companions –…